The expedition that shot this Ethno-exploitation film was sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa.
October 12, 2020 Subject:
Well That Certainly Was..... Something
From the safety of our 21st century ivory towers it is laughable to hear a narrator describe gorillas as "bloodthirsty"; creatures who grow up raiding tribal villages to kill human children and abduct the females. Nowadays we know this is utterly preposterous, but we didn't know that back in the 1940s. We didn't know that our perceptions of gorillas were so off-the-mark. Today, I only want to point out that there's a reason our knowledge of gorillas was so inaccurate for so many years.
Somewhere along the lines our universities and academies stopped teaching students the full story on issues that would be deemed controversial today. There are numerous reasons for why professors are doing this that I do not wish to get into now (though I'm sure you can figure it out if you follow current events and are aware of the increased radical activism on our college campuses), but the reason our knowledge of gorillas was so wrong was because the European explorers and settlers who provided us with initial accounts of gorillas were simply writing down what their African tribesmen trackers and translators were telling them.
It is very difficult for humans to find gorillas in the forest. The White explorers who first arrived to Africa were wholly unfamiliar with this alien world, and had almost zero chance of finding the great apes in the wild on their own. In fact, it wasn't live sightings of the animals themselves that sparked Europeans' curiosity in gorillas. It was the massive skulls and cut off hands of dead gorillas that the tribes kept in their villages as talismans and souvenirs.
When describing the beasts to White men that these severed body parts belonged to, the tribes told them all of these wrong things about gorillas. It was the Africans themselves who had believed for many centuries that gorillas were savage monsters killing elephants in the jungle during the day, and lustful oversexed creatures raping and kidnapping their women in the night.
And I'm not just offended by how people are thought of like animals, when they're just as human as the rest of us, but also, I'm offended by the nudity exploitation aspect of this video. This is the kind of video that evolutionists would put out and then claim,"evolution!"
January 28, 2011 Subject:
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
December 4, 2010 Subject:
How to describe this?
This film has some slight historical significance, but some nilly willy will probably get all offended by frontal nudity or of tribes women baring their breasts, but more offending by far is the narrator and his trite little words and comments describing things like a 50's-60's summer picnic.. "Boy Oh Boy..what a treat!" as the children eat roasted caterpillars. I seriously doubt he ate one and these people are living on the thin edge of existence not some fun, happy Hollywood party with plenty for everyone with their plastic credit card purchasing power.
When the lion is chasing the guy you hear, "Exactly what you shouldn't do!" Well folks if a lion was chasing me I would run too then the moron says about confronting lions, "Lions can be stopped if you show no fear and keep moving towards them.." Personally that seems against every law of nature and physics to show no fear confronting a hungry, hunting lion, but it's a trained Hollywood stooge saying it..
This idiot talks about these peoples customs as if he made them all for his own pleasure and they better obey or else. So much is obviously staged and it's anyones guess how many animals were killed purely for the value of film distribution rights and the money made as a result..really sad and misleading. What is even more maddening is the way this film makes it out as if Africa was put on earth ONLY as a resource for "white man" to exploit and the hell with the people who lived there for centuries without him.
The description of the "blood thirsty gorilla" which is a vegetarian doesn't exactly lend to any kind of credibility either. It talks about a gorilla responsible for the deaths of at least 7 adults and how they hate gorillas because he represents death, etc..
All in all this is one of the more exploitative films I've seen here which should be highly offensive to anyone who cares about human beings in general.